No imminent 'ban' on single-use plastic says Javadekar- The Hindu
There is no imminent ban on the use of single-use plastic (SUP) in India, according to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. At a press conference on Monday, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't say ‘ban’, but said 'goodbye’ to SUP waste. “From October 2, we will begin an attempt to collect all that waste. Nearly 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste remains uncollected. My government has announced that India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years.” he pointed out.
Jairam Ramesh slams proposed ban on use of single use plastic- The Indian Express
Congress l,eader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday took a swipe at the Modi government over the proposed ban on use of single use plastic, saying it will only grab headlines and “mask” this regime’s true environmental record. He also said that he, as environment minister, had resisted the blanket ban on plastic use as the industry employs lakhs of people. The former Environment minister said the real problem was how to dispose of and recycle plastic waste.
Modi govt’s blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea - The Print
Modi govt’s blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea. The single-use plastic ban is a disguised admission by the government that it has failed to put in place adequate garbage disposal mechanisms. It is unclear if anyone in the government has done economic and environmental cost-benefit analyses of a nationwide ban on single-use plastics. The paradox of the plastic bag is that its total environmental footprint is actually much lower than that of alternatives. According to a study conducted by the Danish government in 2018, you need to use a paper bag 43 times to achieve the same cumulative environmental impact as a plastic bag.
Food ministry to ban single-use plastic bottles from September 15- The Times of India
Reiterating the PM’s call the Food and consumer affairs ministry has decided to ban single-use plastic bottles from September 15. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Union food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Paswan announced "a blanket ban on all types of single use plastics products in the ministry as well as PSUs, including Food Corporations of India from September 15.
Mayor Gangambike sets October deadline to stop plastic use- The New Indian Express
Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun has said malls, super markets, hotels and restaurants — who are the largest users of plastic — must switch over to alternatives by October failing which they will be penalised and their licences will be cancelled. BBMP commissioner B H Anil Kumar, who was present at the event, said plastic has been banned with the implementation of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules-2016.
Plastic ban intensifies in Pune, yet to find alternative- The Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ban on the use of single-use plastic has put state dairies in a fix as they are still looking for an economical alternative to plastic pouches. While the Maharashtra government banned single-use plastic months ago, a concrete plan for recycling and buying back milk pouches is yet to take a concrete shape.
Odisha’s Ganjam district to levy Rs 10 for SWM- The Indian Express
Odisha’s Ganjam district is witnessing a pioneering effort to implement solid waste management in rural areas. The move comes in the wake of a National Green Tribunal order, asking Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) being employed beyond the urban areas. As such, in the first phase, the sanitation regulations will be enforced in 10 Gram Panchayats of Ganjam by September 30, while the whole district will be covered by March 31, 2020. While Rs 10 per month will be collected from each rural household for garbage disposal, a sum between Rs 100 to Rs 500 will be collected from business establishment.
Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation gets extra land for W-E plant- The Hindustan Times
The Ghaziabad municipal-corporation on Saturday received the possession of an additional 13 acres of land for construction of waste-to-energy plant at Galand. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) had earlier handed over about 18 acres of land to the municipal-corporation, while deliberations over acquiring the additional land were going on since last year. Officials said the possession of the additional land will now pave way for constructing the city’s first scientific solid waste management facility. The waste-to-energy plant is proposed over 35 acres of land at Galand and will be developed in compliance with the Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2016.
PMC inaugurates its first plastic-to-fuel project- The Hindustan Times
Mukta Tilak, Pune mayor, on Tuesday inaugurated Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) first plastic-to-fuel project in the city at Ghole road. Tilak said, “Pur O Fuel Pvt Ltd company invested Rs 3.5 crore in the project, which is indigenous and will promote the ‘Make In India’ scheme.” The mayor said that Pune is facing a tough task in garbage management as 1,700 to 1,800 metric tonnes of garbage is generated in the city every day.
Schools in Delhi to join campaign against single-use plastic- The Hindu
The Delhi government has directed all schools under the Directorate of Education to heed the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put an end to single-use plastic. In a circular, the DoE directed all heads of schools to senstitise students, teachers and staff against using single-use plastic.